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"Hahaha. What are you going to do now that you know" the bill is DEAD?
I guess we'll have to see what the Advocate reports on that $100K. If they say not a penny was spent, then I KNOW there's some crooked stuff going on.
I seriously doubt anybody would do videos, a website, and a facebook page for free. Just because a lobbyist isn't successful doesn't mean they didn't get paid.
loundandclear - How would a make believe restaurant benefit since didn't you say that only 300 people would actually be attending TAMUV?
Brady/Vox/Woof/formerstring - Hahaha. What are you going to do now that you know they didn't even spend a penny of the $100k. All that negative griping you did for nothing. I am sure you will still find a way to be negative.
holeinone let me help you understand....oh and btw great post mytwocents!
Example: Let's just say a local businessman and oh for example sake, a businessman and businesswoman (who may or may not be married) here in town, decide to open a business, maybe a restaurant? And this restaurant is a sizeable investment, so the businessman and businesswoman truly need this to be profitable. In their mind a "destination university" will help bring patrons to their new restaurant along the river, or downtown, or maybe not on the river, but lets just pretend it's a new restaraunt on the river, for example sake. Also, this made up married couple who petioned the city for some assistance, also will need employees, most likely college aged employees, who have college aged friends who may decide to drink beer at the new bar inside the new restaurant along the river. I bet the new restaurant will also have a new parking lot, because how could a new restaurant not have a new parking lot for all the anticipated patrons from the new destination university. Anyways, you see why the business community needs this to happen. It helps with projects, and sizeable investments, such as this pretend restaurant example I just completely made up, along the river, built by a businessman and businesswoman, who may or may not be married, along the river, with a new parking lot, who need a destination university, to help pay for this new restaurant along the river with the new parking lot.
Does that help at all?
TAMU-SA are the jaguars.......I still haven't seen the campus or heard any buzz about how wonderful or earth shattering or even any impact they have made here in SA....of course there are many colleges here much better than TAMU.
"Assuming "expectiations" of all concerned could be turned into a solid long term plan".....maybe she went to UHV & she realized they were teaching her made up words.
2cents, I wasn't asking you but thanks for your input. Your answer seems to be as emotionally charged and fact-missing as the people you are calling "The privileged and 'pot-committed' few..."
It does not actually say who on the commission and what they stand to gain. I know you said it was painfully obvious, just for argument's sake let's say that I'm painfully blind.
What mytwocents said!
Interesting thing is that the other T A&M campuses - Corpus, Kingsville, etc are not maroon or aggies - if you asked the aggies in College Station - how about those Javelinas - they would probably say "WHO?" Even if T A&M takes over here - Victoria will probably still be red and white and still be Jaguars. And at what cost? Whether Victoria stays with UH or goes to T A&M - I wonder how much change will really take place in the next 5 to 10 years?
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The only reason Sara can't answer is because she has NO CLUE! All she sees is the "Texas A&M" name and automatically thinks its going to be the next Aggie Campus LMAO
"in my opinion, was spent on a certain lobbyist to write HB 2556 for a Crossroads Commission on Education member. Maybe for a reason other than student education."
Who do you think wrote the bill? And what would be the "other reason"?
Gabe, hopefully there will be itemized reciepts/documentation and not just someone listing how the funds were spent.
This is exactly what needed to happen, Let the process work. In my opinion Texas A&M fits with the needs of the region better than UHV. Assuming expectiations of all concerned could be turned into a solid long term plan. Good Job to Mr. Patillo, Mrs. Morrison and all the members of the commission!
Brady and Vox: We're reporting that story -- how much, if any, of the $100,000 was spent -- this week.
Now we need a disclosure on the 100K - what was it used for and how much is left?
Good idea vox. What ever did happen to the 100K? Did Sizemore cash the check? Boy, our elected officials out did themselves on this deal. What a waste of tax money. This is borderline theft if you ask me.
Victoria Advocate...STILL WAITING on the report that shows how that $100K was spent. How much went to Sizemore Media for the facebook page and tamuv.org site?
I think Gabe said he was going to provide this info, oh, at least a month ago.
"this is great news for people supporting higher education in Victoria. "
Well, hasn't UHV done that for 37 years?
How exactly will A&M stealing UHV benefit the students and Victoria Madigan?
JackDuece may be right about sugar land staying with UH. But Jack fails to consider the potential offset of the loss of sugar land with other A&M satellites. I think the offset has to be more than zero as Jack suggests.
That's correct, PatB, and without that very important item of punctuation the graphic is misleading and not a true representation of the facts.
Kyle, Thansk for pointing that out. From my read,It is NOT a foregone conclusion!! "My intention is for this meeting to begin the facilitation of the transfer of the University of Houston-Victoria into the Texas A&M System." no matter what GM says.Pat Barnes
Victoria Advocate: the graphic text should read "Changing Hands?" with a question mark.
This is probably as good an outcome as could have been expected. Now, all sides (legislative, educational and "community leadership") will have to lay their cards on the table.
If UHS means what it says and follows through, then UHV will stay in the system. If not, and TAMU is really interested, then the case for change will be strengthened. If either party simply goes through the motions without offering a sincere, well-designed and realistic plan, then appropriate inference can be drawn.
Madigan, Where does it read that this meeting is "the beginning of a transition to TAMU"? I read that Sen. Branch said" I want to start exploring possibilities". One of those might be no deal.Patrick Barnes
Sounds like a plan. The beginning of a transition to TAMU that will benefit the students and Victoria is great news. Our community can and will become a destination university town. With the budget, redistricting, and other issues facing the legislature there is not enough time left to pass HB2556. This issue won't go away and this is great news for people supporting higher education in Victoria. Nice job Rep. Morrison, Dennis Patillio, and all of the supporters of TAMUV.